What's Your Story?What's Your Story?
Everybody has a story to tell. What’s yours?
Writing on the Wall’s unique writing project, What’s Your Story?, is a creative writing initiative which aims to uncover new stories from unheard voices.
Our latest set of workshops is a collaboration with Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, and the response has been overwhelming.
We are delighted to announce that Clare Shaw, a dynamic and powerful poet, will be leading the workshops. Clare has two poetry collections Straight Ahead and Head On, has been anthologised by Faber and Faber and Some Girls' Mothers, has been published in several national journals and newspapers including The Guardian and The Daily Mail, and was awarded Highly Commended in the Forward Prize 2006. She is a popular performer of her own work. She is also a self-harm trainer and consultant, working independently and in partnership to enable services to respond helpfully to people who self-harm.
"I love performing my own work and running workshops to enable other people to discover what a wonderful experience it is to find your own voice. I have a particular interest in the links between self-harm and language, or more widely, mental health and creativity" - Clare Shaw
Liverpool Mental Health Consortium was set up with the aim of improving mental health services in Liverpool. The Consortium offers valuable opportunities for those who have experienced mental distress to develop a collective voice. The course will guide participants through the creative process: from gathering ideas to completing a first draft. It will also look at different forms of storytelling: short story, poetry and spoken word. Participants will be free to write in whichever form they prefer and will be encouraged to develop at their own rate.
What’s Your Story? will also offer writers the chance to promote their work during the week of World Mental Health Day by publishing the work of the participants in a variety of ways, including: On the Writing on the Wall website, published in book form or posted on the walls of libraries and other relevant centres.